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February Newsletter

Digital Newsround
The first shout out this month goes to Kanoti for the release of Uplifted, a feel good adventure game that’s helping kids tackle self esteem issues. 
Good news from the BANG camp who have managed to secure the necessary funding & support needed to continue their work as a free network and resource for those interested in animation.
Well done to Cogapp for their work on the Enough Food for Everyone IF website, where they supplied the technical architecture and implementation needed for such a traffic hungry/celeb heavy site.
There was further excitement on the games front with Studio Gobo working on ambitious new project: Disney Infinity !
Fantastic to hear Plug-in Media have started developing their own IP with a commission from CBeebies for a suite of online games.   

….. remember if you’ve got any news you’d like us to shout about then just drop us an email for inclusion in our next newsletter.

Planning begins for Brighton Digital Festival 2013 
6.30pm on Tuesday 12th February at Fabrica gallery
Preparations for the 2013 Brighton Digital Festival are kicking off with a Town Hall meeting to begin the planning of this year’s Festival.
To recap BDF is a grass roots festival dedicated to the celebration of arts & digital culture and it's happening throughout September, all across Brighton.

The meeting is open to all: from those wanting to build on the success of 2012, those with early ideas for something new, to people looking to help out.
So if you want run an event, or don’t know where to begin this meeting is for you!

More info and RSVP here:

If you build it, they will come: The FuseBox 
Our latest initiative The FuseBox, is a learning and support centre for start-ups and existing businesses operating in the creative and tech. sector. 

Based in Brighton's New England House the FuseBox will be an incubation hub for fresh businesses with big ideas and an influential knowledge centre for innovators in  constantly evolving, disruptive, digital business environment. With initial EU funding, and part of the wider ReCreate project, The FuseBox will provide assistance to start-ups, offer a venue for community groups and deliver a dynamic learning and support package to existing creative and digital companies/freelancers. 

We're all very excited about this project and can't wait to get into the new space so we can begin helping people directly and put into practice some of the things we learnt from the Brighton Fuse project. The plan is to launch the space for a pre-Easter opening; details of the venture, photos of the team sporting hard hats and a bit more about the ethos of the project can be found on our tumblr blog here.

TV - but not as we know it
Connected TV Brighton, Wednesday 6th Feb, Lighthouse
Interested in how TV is changing and what opportunities and pitfalls this can present for your business? Well, at the next ConnectedTV Brighton event, we’ll be Untangling the Wires with Nigel Walley, Managing Director of media strategy consultancy Decipher.
Nigel will be talking about exciting changes around the world of set top boxes and dispelling myths & misconceptions about TV. Converging technology & connected homes mean there are new opportunities for the web community to explore, however understanding the difference between tech aimed at individuals, and tech aimed at ‘audience’ is key.
So if you are interested in the future of Television and how your company might take advantage, then be sure to come along and get some food for thought.
The event is exclusive to members of Wired Sussex and that includes employees of Wired Sussex member companies. It's free to attend but please register here to guarantee your place.

Could you be a digital spokesperson? 
Brighton’s prominence as a place for digital awesomeness continues to grow and we’re increasingly getting requests from media outlets for digital experts who’re prepared to talk or comment on a number of different issues. Last month we landed Ross Breadmore (NixonMcinnes) with a gig talking to Newsnight about the HMV situation. (Thanks Ross!)

This got us to thinking that it would be a good idea to draw up a list of digital experts, who we can point journalists and other media types to in the future. So if you’re knowledgeable on a topic and don’t mind the limelight get in touch with full contact details and specific areas of interest and expertise and we will add you to our media roster.

Networking in Eastbourne: #Wired EB
Wired EB, Wednesday 13th Feb, Cohub - The Enterprise Centre
Join us in Eastbourne for the next #WiredEB meetup, where you can network with others in the creative, digital, media and technology sector, share latest business news and learn about potential joint working opportunities.
The invitation is open to everyone, so if you want to find out more about Wired Sussex, or fancy meeting other folks working in your sector, come along. Places are limited so please register in advance for a ticket.

When culture met digital at Interface 2013
This week saw Interface 2013 at the Komedia: an event that gave a number of Wired Sussex members the opportunity to meet with some of the UK’s top arts and cultural organisations, including Imperial War Museum, Tate, V&A, Penguin Books and many others.
It was a fantastic day that gave valuable insights as to what the key challenges and opportunities are for such organisations when engaging with digital. 

Wired for Sound returns! 
Wired for Sound, Saturday 23rd Feb 11pm - 3am, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Your DJ applications have started to come in, the charities have confirmed and we will even be recording & broadcasting the event live!  Join in our Wired Sussex social where members can give DJing a go, ‘Stick it On’ and compete for the prestigious title of ‘Best DJ’ and win some cool prizes too! Further details and ticket information for the event can be found here   

Confirmed sponsors: A huge thank you to headline sponsor Madgex, as well as No Pork Pies for digging deep and supporting this charity event!
Contact Caroline if your company would also like to sponsor the event in return for a full sponsorship package, or for further event information.

Funding opportunities for digital businesses 
One of the benefits of Wired Sussex membership is getting to hear about the latest funding opportunities within the sector either by networking with other members or through our monthly funding letter.- N.B. if you haven’t already you can sign up to receive our funding letter via your WS account page!

Here are a couple of the latest:

Creative Skill Set – are running a number of training funds aimed at freelancers working in or returning to work for the TV, film and audio industries.  There is £800 - £1500 available. Closing date: Ongoing

Innovation Vouchers - Start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses from across the UK can apply for an Innovation Voucher. They are designed to encourage businesses to look outside their current network for new knowledge that can help them to grow and develop.
A grant of up to £5000 is available to businesses to work with a supplier for the first time and is used to pay for knowledge or technology transfer from that supplier. 
Closing date: Ongoing

Featured Vacancy 

Our Digital Marketing Team is growing again, and we’re looking for an experienced SEO analyst to join us on a full-time, permanent basis. 

Your main responsibilities will include contributing to SEO audits, researching competitor tactics, evaluating their strengths and weaknesses, and identifying keyword niches where gains can be made by our high profile clients. 
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